2020 start

Data Communications

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering

You'll be taught about all aspects of data communication systems, from transmission methods and hardware to information coding, with a focus on the latest advances in technology.
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Course description

Study the dynamic field of efficient information transfer around the globe. We teach this course jointly with the Department of Computer Science so you get up-to-date knowledge and understanding.

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Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)


Core modules

  • Network and Inter-Network Architectures
  • Network Performance Analysis
  • Data Coding Techniques for Communications and Storage
  • Advanced Communication Principles
  • Mobile Networks and Physical Layer Protocols
  • Major Research Project
  • One of the following:
    • Foundations of Object-Orientated Programming
    • Object-Orientated Programming and Software Design

Optional modules

Examples include:

  • Computer Security and Forensics
  • 3D Computer Graphics
  • Software Development for Mobile Devices
  • Cloud Computing
  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Antennas, Propagation and Satellite Systems
  • Optical Communication Devices and Systems
  • Computer Vision
  • Broadband Wireless Techniques
  • Wireless Packet Data Networks and Protocols
  • System Design


We deliver research-led teaching with individual support for your research project and dissertation.


Assessment is by examinations, coursework and a project dissertation with poster presentation.


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

2:1 honours degree in electronic engineering, computer science or physics field.

We will also consider your application if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, or industry experience.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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+44 114 222 5442

+44 114 222 1800

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.